The reader becomes a writer…of sorts

At what point does an avid reader decide to take up the art of writing?   Good writers aren’t always the best readers. Good readers aren’t always the best writers. But at some point, don’t you get fed up with reading so many frustrating books, with a disappointing characters or endings that just aren’t doing what you want them to do?

I’ve been a little bit burned out from reading so much this past year. I’ve read more books this past year than I did the previous 3 years combined. My head is swimming with so many different concepts, characters and plotlines, that the only way to clear up my mind is to start writing some stories of my own. Naturally, writing is a real challenge, but I wonder if its really something that you can fine-tune with creative writing classes, or if good writing just needs good editing and good reviews? Since I still have limited access to the Internet, I’ve been spending more time writing than reading. Its very therapeutic, and if anything, helps me appreciate the books I read, now that I can understand just how difficult the writing process is. I don’t think I’ll complain so much about the amount of time it takes an author to finish a novel (although 5 + years is still excessive). There is a lot to be said for the amount of detail spent over each word. Particularly in short stories where motifs and symbolism has to be consistant from page one.

I’ve also been busy with work lately. I taught my first computer class at the library yesterday. I taught Intro to Blogging. It was great being able to share my experience with blogging with curious students. I hope they all have successful blogs and get the same joy and feeling of accomplishment that I do whenever I hit the “publish” button. Story times are going great as well. I love it when the same kids come each week, and I can see them open up a little bit more, feel a little bit more independent.

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3 responses to “The reader becomes a writer…of sorts

  1. “But at some point, don’t you get fed up with reading so many frustrating books, with a disappointing characters or endings that just aren’t doing what you want them to do?” YES! That’s why I tend to avoid modern fiction. I tend to feel disappointed. I’ve been (lately) retreating to the old “classics” and while I can’t say I love them all, it’s refreshing to be away from the modern.

    “At what point does an avid reader decide to take up the art of writing?” When they put down the book (for however long) and pick up a pen.

    I’m a wanna-be-writer and I set up a “writing practice” blog at the same time I set up my reading reviews blog. But I’ve been so consumed with reading lately, I never write (other than reading reviews, that is).

    I in the middle of reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a bit hokey but I think she has great ideas for getting over the trepidation of actually picking up that pen and trying your hand at being creative. From this post, I’d say you’d really like that book.

    In week 4 of the 12 week “program”, she even requires the program participant to go for one week without reading. Anything. It’s a way of letting your creative energy speak for itself. Sounds like what you need.

  2. Nari, congratulations on making the jump from reading to writing. While it’s probably a scary jump, I’ll bet that it isn’t that far of one. I firmly believe that good writers are good readers.

    Teaching a blogging class sounds like fun! Go you.

  3. Oh, I just realized you’re the one who commented on my blog about Julia Cameron!….so I suppose you’ve already read the Artist’s Way. Anyway, just some thoughts.

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